Saturday, June 2, 2018

More Apple Updates

These Mac updates came out the day following the NCC-Mac meeting, so time to fire up App Store.app again:

macOS High Sierra 10.13.5 Update

The macOS High Sierra 10.13.5 update improves the stability, performance, and security of your Mac and is recommended for all users. 

This update adds support for Messages in iCloud, which lets you store messages with their attachments in iCloud and free up space on your Mac. To enable Messages in iCloud, go to Preferences in Messages, click Accounts, then select “Enable Messages in iCloud”.

For more detailed information about this update, please visit: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT208723.

For detailed information about the security content of this update, please visit: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222.

And for those of you still running OS X El Capitan or Sierra:

Safari 11.1.1

The Safari 11.1.1 update is recommended for all OS X El Capitan and Sierra users and contains bug fixes and security improvements.

For detailed information about the security content of this update, please visit: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222.

Security Update 2018.003

Security Update 2018-003 is recommended for all users and improved the security of OS X El Capitan and Sierra.


For more information about the security content of this update see https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Outline of May 2018 NCC-Mac Meeting

Announcements
If you're a new attendee, please give us your email address so you'll be able to get meeting announcements.
Some of Apple's software updated since our last meeting
Swift Playgrounds 2.1
Apr 30 '18
iOS iPad Education
What's New
• What's Next suggests other playgrounds to try based on your progress so far
• Support for macOS content caching to speed downloads in networks with multiple Swift Playgrounds users
Final Cut Pro 10.4.2
Apr 30 '18
Mac OS Video
What's New
• Fixes an issue in which selecting multiple clips using the Shift key or marquee selection could inadvertently select other clips in the timeline
• Fixes issues related to XML import and export
Pages 7.0.1
May 03 '18
Mac OS Productivity
What's New
This update contains stability and performance improvements.
Numbers 5.0.1
May 03 '18
Mac OS Productivity
What's New
This update contains stability and performance improvements.
Keynote 8.0.1
May 03 '18
Mac OS Productivity
What's New
This update contains stability and performance improvements.
Pages 4.0.1
May 03 '18
iOS Universal Productivity
What's New
This update contains stability and performance improvements.
Numbers 4.0.1
May 03 '18
iOS Universal Productivity
What's New
This update contains stability and performance improvements.
Keynote 4.0.1
May 03 '18
iOS Universal Productivity
What's New
This update contains stability and performance improvements.
Xcode 9.3.1
May 10 '18
Mac OS Developer Tools
What's New
Xcode 9.3.1 includes Swift 4.1 and SDKs for iOS 11.3, watchOS 4.3, tvOS 11.3, and macOS High Sierra 10.13.4
• Fixes an issue that caused Xcode to slow down when editing a playground
• Fixes an issue that could require the user to re-enter their Apple ID
iTunes U 3.6.1
May 17 '18
iOS Universal Education
What's New
This update includes minor stability improvements.
Clips 2.0.4
May 21 '18
iOS Universal Photography
What's New
• Soccer graphics including an animated sticker, plus a label and poster with customizable text
Xcode 9.4
May 29 '18
Mac OS Developer Tools
What's New
Xcode 9.4 includes Swift 4.1 and SDKs for iOS 11.4, watchOS 4.3, tvOS 11.4, and macOS High Sierra 10.13.4
• Adds support for the ClassKit framework in iOS 11.4
• Additional bug fixes and stability improvements
iOS 11.4
iOS 11.4 includes AirPlay 2 multi-room audio, support for HomePod stereo pairs, and Messages in iCloud. This update also includes bug fixes and improvements.
AirPlay 2
Control your home audio system and AirPlay 2-enabled speakers throughout your house
Play music at the same time on multiple AirPlay 2-enabled speakers in your house, all in sync
Control AirPlay 2-enabled speakers from Control Center, the Lock screen, or AirPlay controls within apps on your iPhone or iPad
Use your voice to control AirPlay 2-enabled speakers with Siri from your iPhone or iPad, HomePod, or Apple TV
Take a call or play a game on your iPhone or iPad without interrupting playback on your AirPlay 2-enabled speakers
 
HomePod stereo pair
This update supports setting up your HomePod stereo pair using your iPhone or iPad
HomePod pair automatically senses its location in the room and balances the sound based on the speakers' locations
Advanced beamforming provides wider soundstage than traditional stereo pair
HomePod will automatically update to support stereo pairs, unless auto updates are disabled in the Home app
 
Messages in iCloud
Store your messages, photos, and other attachments in iCloud and free up space on your devices
All your messages appear when you sign into a new device with the same iMessage account
When you delete messages and conversations they are instantly removed from all your devices
To turn on Messages in iCloud, enable Messages in iCloud settings (Settings > [your name] > iCloud)
Your conversations continue to be end-to-end encrypted
 
Other improvements and fixes
Enables teachers to assign their students reading activities in iBooks using the Schoolwork app
Fixes an issue where certain character sequences could cause Messages to crash
Addresses a Messages issue that could cause some messages to appear out of order
Addresses an issue that could prevent logging in or accessing files on Google Drive, Google Docs and Gmail in Safari
Fixes an issue that could prevent data syncing in Health
Fixes an issue that could prevent users from changing what apps can access Health data
Resolves an issue that could cause an app to appear in an incorrect location on the Home screen
Fixes an issue where CarPlay audio could become distorted
Fixes an issue where selecting music from your iPhone could fail when playing music over Bluetooth or when connected to USB on some vehicles
 
For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222
tvOS 11.4
The tvOS 11.4 update, paired with iOS 11.4, introduces support for AirPlay 2 functionality. AirPlay 2 is designed to bring multi-room audio to the Apple ecosystem, allowing the same music to be played on multiple devices throughout the home. 
tvOS 11.4 turns the Apple TV into an AirPlay 2-compatible device that's listed in the Home app for HomeKit devices. AirPlay 2 playback can be controlled through the Apple TV, through an iOS device, or using Apple's personal assistant, Siri, to play content using voice commands. 
AirPlay 2 is limited to the Apple TV and the HomePod at the current time, but it will expand to additional audio devices in the future. 
tvOS 11.4 also introduces performance improvements, security enhancements, and bug fixes for issues that have been discovered since the release of tvOS 11.3.
watchOS 4.3.1
watchOS 4.3.1 is minor in scale, focusing primarily on bug fixes and other under-the-hood performance improvements, with no major feature changes discovered during the beta testing period. 
Prior to the release of watchOS 4.3.1, Apple stopped letting developers update Apple Watch apps built on the original watchOS 1 SDK. Starting with watchOS 4.3.1, you'll see an alert when launching a watchOS 1 app warning you that the app may not be compatible with future versions of watchOS. 
This warning suggests Apple will perhaps drop support for watchOS 1 apps entirely in the future, perhaps in the upcoming watchOS 5 update that Apple will unveil at the Worldwide Developers Conference in June.
iTunes 12.7.5
This update includes minor app and performance improvements.
Post Date: May 29, 2018
System Requirements
Hardware:
    • Mac computer with an Intel processor
    • To play 720p HD video, an iTunes LP, or iTunes Extras, a 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo or faster processor is required
    • To play 1080p HD video, a 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo or faster processor and 2GB of RAM is required
    • Screen resolution of 1024x768 or greater; 1280x800 or greater is required to play an iTunes LP or iTunes Extras
    • Internet connection to use Apple Music, the iTunes Store, and iTunes Extras
    • Apple combo drive or SuperDrive to create audio, MP3, or back-up CDs; some non-Apple CD-RW recorders may also work. Songs from the Apple Music catalog cannot be burned to a CD
Software:
    • OS X version 10.10.5 or later
    • 400MB of available disk space
    • Apple Music, iTunes Store, and iTunes Match availability may vary by country
    • Apple Music trial requires sign up
The next meeting will be held Thursday, June 28, 2018, 3:30 PM at the Langlois Library.
(subject to confirmation)
WWDC 2018
Whence Cometh All This?
Apps
Mac App Store, iOS App Store
In iOS don't forget Settings -> General -> Software Update
macupdate.com
DON'T DOWNLOAD FROM THIS SITE!
Tutorials
macmost.com
News & Tutorials
macrumors.com
macworld.com
maccast.com
tidbits.com
Q&A, General Discussion


Sunday, May 27, 2018

NCC-Mac May 2018 Meeting Announcement

The next meeting of the North Curry County Macintosh Users is Thursday, May 31, 3:30 PM at the Langlois Library.

This month's cryptic topic is "Whence Cometh All This."

Friday, April 27, 2018

Outline of April 2018 NCC-Mac Meeting

Announcements
If you're a new attendee, please give us your email address so you'll be able to get meeting announcements.
Some of Apple's software updated since our last meeting
Final Cut Pro 10.4.1
Apr 09 '18
Mac OS Video
$299.99
What's New
Closed Captions
• Import caption files into a Final Cut Pro project to automatically create time-synced, connected captions in the timeline
• See captions directly in the Viewer
• Use the Inspector to adjust text, color, onscreen location, and timing
• Create captions in multiple languages and formats in the same timeline
• Use the new Captions tab in the Timeline Index to search text, select captions, and quickly switch between different versions of your captions
• Attach captions to audio or video clips in the timeline
• Extract embedded captions from video to view and edit the captions directly in Final Cut Pro
• Send your project to Compressor in a single step, making it easy to create a compliant iTunes Store package with audio and video files, captions, and subtitles
• Validation indicator instantly warns about common errors including caption overlaps, incorrect characters, invalid formatting, and more
• Embed captions in an exported video file or create a separate caption sidecar file
• Share captioned videos directly to YouTube and Vimeo
• Support for CEA-608 and iTT closed caption formats
ProRes RAW
• Support for ProRes RAW files lets you import, edit, and grade using pristine RAW image data from the camera sensor
• RAW image data provides ultimate flexibility when adjusting highlights and shadows — ideal for HDR workflows
• Enjoy smooth playback and real-time editing on laptop and desktop Mac computers
• Highly efficient encoding reduces the size of ProRes RAW files, allowing you to fit more footage on camera cards and storage drives
• ProRes RAW preserves more of the original image data, making it an ideal format for archiving
• Work natively with ProRes RAW or ProRes RAW HQ files created by ATOMOS recorders and DJI Inspire 2 drone
Enhanced export
• The new Roles tab in the share pane displays title, video, and audio roles in a single, consolidated interface
• Quickly view and choose roles to be included in exported video files
• Roles settings and enabled/disabled states from the timeline are carried through to the share pane
• Embed closed captions in a video file or export a separate captions sidecar file in CEA-608 and iTT formats
iMovie 10.1.9
Apr 09 '18
Mac OS Video
What's New
• App Preview creation now supports iPhone X and additional iPad resolutions
• Resolves an issue which could prevent logging into Facebook
• Resolves an issue in which HEVC video clips and HEIF photos could appear black in the viewer
• Resolves an issue in which the import date was used as the capture date when importing from certain SD cards or AVCHD cameras
• Resolves a playback issue with Sound Designer 2 files
• Resolves an issue in which iMovie could hang when quitting the app
• Resolves an issue in which opacity controls may disappear when using iMovie in German or Polish
• Fixes an issue that could prevent sending certain iMovie projects to Final Cut Pro
• Addresses an issue that could lead to slower media import from SD cards on iMac Pro
• Improves stability when working with Camtwist Studio
Motion 5.4.1
Apr 09 '18
Mac OS Video
$49.99
What's New
ProRes RAW
• Support for ProRes RAW files lets you design motion graphics using pristine RAW image data from the camera sensor
• Enjoy smooth playback and real-time graphics creation on laptop and desktop Mac computers
• Work natively with ProRes RAW or ProRes RAW HQ files created by ATOMOS recorders and DJI Inspire 2 drone
Compressor 4.4.1
Apr 09 '18
Mac OS Video
$49.99
What's New
Closed captions
• View, adjust, and deliver closed captions
• Import caption files into a batch or iTunes Store package
• Use the Inspector to adjust text, color, onscreen location, and timing
• Search text and select single or multiple captions in the Inspector
• Support for multiple languages and formats in an iTunes Store package
• Validation indicator instantly warns about common errors including caption overlaps, incorrect characters, invalid formatting, and more
• Embed captions in an exported video file or create a separate caption sidecar file
• Share captioned videos directly to YouTube and Vimeo
• Support for CEA-608 and iTT closed caption formats
Audio descriptions
• Include audio description files in any iTunes Store package
Apple TV Remote 1.2.4
Apr 11 '18
iOS Universal Entertainment
What's New
This update includes bug fixes.
iMovie 2.2.5
Apr 12 '18
iOS Universal Photography
What's New
• Updated for Super Retina display on iPhone X
• Adopts Metal for graphics processing
• Improves localization for Simplified Chinese
• Improves overall stability
This version of iMovie requires iOS 11.2
macOS Server 5.6.1
Apr 16 '18
Mac OS Utilities
$19.99
What's New
Server App
This Fall, Apple plans to cease bundling the open source services (Calendar Server, Contacts Server, Messages Server, Mail Server, DNS, DHCP, VPN Server, and Websites) in macOS Server, and will guide customers to acquire these same services directly from the open source providers. For more information, please refer to: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT208312
To help prepare for this transition, these services— which are still included in macOS Server 5.6—will no longer be visible in the Server App sidebar for new installations. Existing installations that update to macOS Server 5.6 will be unaffected and will continue to work as usual.
We continue to actively develop and support the other features of macOS Server, including Open Directory, Profile Manager and Xsan management.
Profile Manager
Support for new restrictions, payloads, and commands:
macOS 10.13.4
• Configure Software Update delay from 1-90 days (default 30 days)
• Configure access to Accessibility APIs for testing apps
• Enable and disable Bluetooth
• Configure kernel extension permissions
• Configure Content Caching
• Device Enrollment Program Skip option for iCloud Storage
iOS 11.3
• Delay when a user will see a new Software Update in the UI (supervised only)
• Configure Software Update delay from 1-90 days (default 30 days - supervised only)
• ScheduleOSUpdate now supports an optional version number to install a specific eligible iOS version (supervised only)
• Enable and disable Bluetooth (supervised only)
• Require FaceID authentication before AutoFill (supervised only)
• Require teacher consent to leave a teacher-created Classroom class (supervised only)
• Restrict Remote connections from whitelisted devices (supervised only)
• AlwaysOn VPN now supports a CellularServices service exception
• Device Enrollment Program Skip option for Privacy pane
• Erase Device command now supports preventing proximity setup in Setup Assistant
tvOS 11.3
• Configure Movie ratings, TV ratings, app ratings, explicit content
• Device Enrollment Program skip option for "Where is this Apple TV?”
iOS 11.3.1
Apr 24, 2018
 
iOS 11.3.1 improves the security of your iPhone or iPad and addresses an issue where touch input was unresponsive on some iPhone 8 devices because they were serviced with non-genuine replacement displays.
Note: Non-genuine replacement displays may have compromised visual quality and may fail to work correctly. Apple-certified screen repairs are performed by trusted experts who use genuine Apple parts. See support.apple.com for more information.
For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222 
Security Update 2018-001
Released April 24, 2018
Crash Reporter
Available for: macOS High Sierra 10.13.4
Impact: An application may be able to gain elevated privileges
Description: A memory corruption issue was addressed with improved error handling.
CVE-2018-4206: Ian Beer of Google Project Zero
LinkPresentation
Available for: macOS High Sierra 10.13.4
Impact: Processing a maliciously crafted text message may lead to UI spoofing
Description: A spoofing issue existed in the handling of URLs. This issue was addressed with improved input validation.
CVE-2018-4187: Zhiyang Zeng (@Wester) of Tencent Security Platform Department, Roman Mueller (@faker_)
Safari 11.1
Released April 24, 2018
WebKit
Available for: OS X El Capitan 10.11.6, macOS Sierra 10.12.6, and macOS High Sierra 10.13.4
Impact: Processing maliciously crafted web content may lead to arbitrary code execution
Description: A memory corruption issue was addressed with improved state management.
CVE-2018-4200: Ivan Fratric of Google Project Zero
WebKit
Available for: OS X El Capitan 10.11.6, macOS Sierra 10.12.6, and macOS High Sierra 10.13.4
Impact: Processing maliciously crafted web content may lead to arbitrary code execution
Description: A memory corruption issue was addressed with improved memory handling.
CVE-2018-4204: Richard Zhu (fluorescence) working with Trend Micro's Zero Day Initiative, found by OSS-Fuzz
The next meeting will be held Thursday, May 31, 2018, 3:30 PM at the Langlois Library.
(subject to confirmation)
Sense & NonStuff
13-inch MacBook Pro (non Touch Bar) Battery Replacement Program
macOS 10.13.4 Causing Installation Log Failures
Content Caching
Q&A, General Discussion